The wife of the heir to the Japanese throne marks her 48th birthday today. Crown Princess Masako has been seen little over the years due to a stress induced mental illness.
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But this year, she often accompanied husband Crown Prince Naruhito to the areas hit hard by the March earthquake-tsunami and also meet with evacuees. Many wondered if this was the rebirth of Masako.
Yes, says the medical team helping her with her recovery, but not so much...Read Full Story
Princess Aiko, only child of Japan’s Crown Princely couple is celebrating her 10th birthday Thursday.
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The Princess is a fourth grader at the exclusive Gakushuin school in Tokyo, and joined its orchestra club this past June as a cellist. She also had her own ceramics exhibited at the school and is started to recite “Hyakunin Isshu” (One-hundred waka poems) by memory.
In addition, the Princess is taking care of a cat and its kittens since this summer...Read Full Story
Crown Princess Masako of Japan was born 9 December 1963, the eldest child of of Hisashi Owada, a senior diplomat, and former President of the International Court of Justice. She has two younger sisters, twins named Setsuko and Reiko.
When she was just two years old, she moved to Moscow, Russia, where she completed her early education. Upon the family's return to Japan, she was enrolled in a private girls' school in Tokyo, Denenchofu Futaba, which she attended until her second year of high...Read Full Story
On Friday, the Japanese Imperial Household held a press conference about the state of Crown Princess Masako’s mental health. She has been suffering from a stress induced illness since late 2003, and her doctors say while she is still recovering, the Princess is still prone to slipping back to her problems.
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According to Grand Master Issei Nomura of the Imperial Household Agency, the doctors say “more time is required before she can further expand the range of her...Read Full Story
The Japanese Crown Princess
Masako, I hear, is depressed. For seven years, she, now 46, has not made any
appearances in public. The cause of her depression is the pressure that came
with her royal position to produce a male heir to the Japanese dynasty. As the
years went by, that pressure mounted, and mounted, and ultimately contributed
to what has been widely acknowledged as a royal breakdown.
The Princess is an accomplished
woman. She was educated at Harvard and Oxford
and speaks several...Read Full Story
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